Liverpool duo blocked summer move for £23m Leicester signing as deal ‘collapsed’
Liverpool were reportedly denied the chance of signing Patson Daka from RB Salzburg due to their failure to shift two of their fringe players.
Daka, who scored 51 goals for the Austrian side in 59 games over two seasons, instead moved to Leicester in a £23million move.
The Zambian is yet to start a Premier League game for the Foxes, but has been tipped to be Jamie Vardy’s long-term successor at the King Power Stadium.
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But there were reportedly a number of Premier League clubs interested, including Liverpool.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano says the Reds were keen on Daka and would have moved for the 22-year-old had they managed to find buyers for Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi early on in the window.
Shaqiri did eventually move to Lyon for £5million, but only after Daka had signed for Leicester, while Origi remains at Anfield.
Romano said on the Here We Go Podcast: “Yes because he had chances to join many Premier League clubs. Many Premier League clubs were interested.
“Liverpool this summer had a strategy, sell players and then eventually sign players.
“If they sold Shaqiri or Origi in the first days of June then they had a chance to sign Patson Daka because they were interested in him.
“They never made an official bid but they had interest in this striker from Salzburg.
“Then it collapsed because of the timing on Shaqiri, who was sold in August to Lyon and Origi who is staying at the club.
“Liverpool were interested in Patson Daka but Leicester were great in this deal, they convinced the player and they found an agreement with Salzburg with the right timing.”
Having signed for Leicester, Daka said: “I’m so, so excited to join this great, historic club. It has been my dream and I’m so happy and looking forward to what’s coming next.
“I have followed Leicester from the time they won the league. I feel it is the perfect place for me, because it’s a team that fights for titles. I know it’s not going to be easy, but I feel ready to face this new challenge.
“I will give my best for the club each and every day, and I look forward to seeing the Leicester City fans inside the stadium soon.”
Source: All The News – Football365
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